Spotlight : Travis Little – Brown Skin

Daily Brown women are told all of the many things wrong with us. We are robbed of our right to beauty and our identity is constantly misappropriated and slain. Daily we turn on the TV and see ideals that are in no way a representation of us or what we even want to be. Everyday it becomes a little bit harder to be comfortably me.

Welp, Travis Little has made it a little easier to love my Brown entirely. Not only is he telling me that I am beauty but that I am fine just how I am. And honey this is not late night pillow talk. This is not Netflix & Chill. This man is openly praising us for who and what we are. Not only is he praising us but he is flaunting his beautiful ethnicity. He is a Brown man just dripping his beautiful brown all up and down the streets of NYC and I love it. He reminds me that Black men are not only what mainstream media decides to display. He reminds me that there is chocolatey goodness that does not sag and does not emulate ignorance. Hopefully one day others notice that amazing fact as well.

There are so many facets to my Brown community and Travis Little only further explores that.

This song and video is so many of the reasons mainstream music is not the way to go. If Travis were a mainstream artist this video and song would be real different. It would be watered down and less real.

To those who believe all of the negative reflections of the black community that you see on TV, that doesn’t nearly give you the actual picture of us. But this video, this video gives you a huge snap into the the day of the life of me. These beautiful brown folks are what I see daily.

Thank you Travis for loving me, for loving us and for being so boldly you!



About The Author

DaRuddest Jones

DaRuddest Jones is a LGBT Spoken Word Artist, Event Coordinator, Blogger, Producer, Director, Personality, Manager, Facilitator, Writer and Host from the Bronx N.Y. Daruddest Jones is the CEO, Founder and Artistic Director of Rude Productions LLC & writer for Unheard Voices Magazine. She is also a former member of Street Poets NYC. DaRuddest has been in performance since the age of 4. She's done everything from African dancing with Laraque Bey to singing background for Jerome Brooks. She's worked with the great George Faison for a number of yrs with a group called the Respect Project where she would sing, rap, act, dance and of course do spoken word. DaRuddest has also been honored with the opportunity to work with the highly honored and highly favored Dr. Maya Angelou as well as many other well know and established artist. DaRuddest competed in a VIBE Magazine Spoken Word Artist competition and was crowned with second place and she has every desire to acquire the number one spot when given the chance again. DaRuddest Jones has performed at the National Black Theater Festival in North Carolina as well as local venues such as the 5spot, Brooklyn Exposure, HK lounge, Karma, Billie’s Black, 3rdEyeSolation, The Street Poets Den, Moca Lounge, Marfa, Living Gallery, Voodoo lounge and many other locations. DaRuddest Jones has been the Host for Centric Spotlight at the Voodoo lounge located in Brooklyn NY and for Private Affairs monthly erotica showcase at Amarachi Lounge also located in Brooklyn NY. DaRuddest Jones had her first showcase entitled, DaRuddest Jones presents Rude, introducing her vision to support and promote spoken word artist and their dream to make it. As an extension of that DaRuddest started a monthly open mic / showcase that she held in the heart of Harlem. At the showcase she focuses on bridging the gap between Poetry and Hip Hop. DaRuddest is the creator and director of a annual artist showcase entitled, Memoirs of a Starving Artist also known as Moasa. Moasa was created to give new artist leverage and experience. Being apart of Moasa exposes all artist involved to free stage training, free promotion, an opportunity to make money and media exposure. Moasa is opened to all art forms. DaRuddest is determined to penetrate the entertainment industry and show the world that poetry is not intended to only be underground. Besides her undying love for performance art DaRuddest Jones is also very interested in the development of the youth in the inner city. DaRuddest Jones teaches at after school programs through out the New York City area. In her classes she helps her students become aware of the world around them, aware of their own greatness as well as holding group discussions on any topic of their liking. Topics included but not limited to racism, apartheid's, American History, Local News and so much more. DaRuddest Jones believes in groom kids to be not just leaders but Kings and Queens. DaRuddest Jones has been blessed with powerful experiences and amazing people. All she wants it to give the world all the greatness that it has given to her. DaRuddest Jones is a character that cannot and will not be held back. She lives by her words and guarantees that you will feel every one.

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